Enda and the imperilled ATMs

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You know the way commentators and sometimes even An Taoiseach himself like to hammer Gerry Adams over his claim that he was not in the IRA? Gerry will raise a Dail question on, say, the number of jobs created in the past year, at which point  Enda will come back with a line about it ill-befitting the likes of Deputy Adams to speak of creating jobs, when he himself would claim, in the face of total disbelief, that he never had a job in the IRA. Faced with such blatant lying, An Taoiseach will say, how does Deputy Adams expect anyone to believe a word out of his mouth on any subject? Something along those lines.


Well, it now appears that Enda’s own dog has turned and bit him. In the course of a speech to a conference of the European People’s Party, Enda confided that when he assumed the mantle of Taoiseach in 2011, the governor of the Central Bank told him that in the coming weekend, he might “have to put the Army around the banks and around the ATM machines, and introduce capital controls like they had in Cyprus”. What’s more, he repeated the claim last October, last June and again three weeks ago. And his good buddy Simon Coveney, the Minister for Defence, parroted the claim. Last week, Enda had to admit that the governor of the Central Bank had said no such thing to him.


Why does Gerry Adams say he wasn’t in the IRA? For one of two reasons, I’d suggest: either he wasn’t in fact in the IRA, although openly supportive of that organization, or he was in the IRA but for legal reasons realizes that he must deny any such charges.


Why did Enda tell this yarn about the Army standing cradling their guns at ATMs throughout the south? One reason only: because he wants to impress voters with how dire things were when he and his buddies took over.


The charge usually leveled at Gerry Adams is that if he lies about being in the IRA, how can we trust him when he speaks about anything else? What other lies has he told us? So hello, Enda: since you’ve clearly lied to people about the army and the ATM machines (wouldn’t it have been easier to switch them off?), what other matters have you been lying to us about? You might want to start by focusing on the tremendous surge you say the  economy in your jurisdiction is now experiencing, thanks to you and your mates in Labour. Louder, Enda, please – I can’t hear you…

14 Responses to Enda and the imperilled ATMs

  1. michael c November 2, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    When Adams questioned him about roadworthiness of ambulances,Enda replied with a rambling yarn about a wheel falling off his own car one time!

  2. Jim.hunter November 2, 2015 at 10:18 am #


  3. neill November 2, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    Good old Jude with ready deflection I don’t seem to remember Enda being in charge of Republican death squads covering up child abuse rapists et al. Still Enda most be an out and out liar because he may have exaggerated a little if so what does that make Adams sound like?

    • Jude Collins November 2, 2015 at 11:36 am #

      Oh dear neill ‘he may have exaggerated a little’ – he repeated the same words on at least three occasions. If you have information about Republican death squads (that’d be republicans setting out to kill Protestants, right?)or cover-up of child rapists, you really should bring it to the PSNI immediately. Maybe bring ‘et al’ as well…

    • Ryan November 2, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

      Neill, I’m sure you just forgot that Gerry Adams was acquitted in a British court of being a member of the IRA. But as Jude said: if you have any evidence of Gerry Adams being in charge of any “death squads” (Isn’t the British Army a death squad? trained to kill? better ditch that poppy) then you should bring it to the PSNI immediately. If not, then why are you making unfounded accusations?

      • neill November 3, 2015 at 11:22 am #

        Sorry it is not an unfounded allegation just look at the effort he put in protecting his brother Liam Adams still as long as you think he is a decent man what can I do.

  4. Iolar November 2, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    ATM – anachronistic tactless manoeuvres

    Listen to the party of Labour? Ask Irish people who are now obliged to lived in America, Canada or New Zealand for their opinions of the Labour Party in Ireland. Enda et al tell us unemployment rates are falling as thousands leave this country in search of a decent standard of living. At least, Malcom Turnbull, the Australian Prime Minister has announced that knights and dames are “not appropriate” in a modern Australian honours system and will be scrapped from the Order of Australia. According to Mr Turnbull,

    “Knights and dames are titles that are really anachronistic, out of date, not appropriate, in 2015.”

    Tell that to tax payers in Sligo who are burdened with the cost of a recent royal visit and other austerity measures. It is said that copies of ‘War and Peace’ are freely available in health centres and A&E departments throughout the country as patients wait for medical consultations. I guess it is a better choice than “Labour’s Way or Frankfurt’s Way.”

  5. Séamus Ó Néill November 2, 2015 at 11:02 am #

    If you’re going to be a good liar you need a very good memory….something Mr Kenny seems to have forgotten.When his 2011 budget proposed cutting payments to children with disabilities ,15 year old Joanne O’Riordan ….born without limbs, produced a video of Kenny personally promising her that he would not cut her benefits…..a hasty and embarrassing climbdown ensued. The lies over Universal Health Insurance, Medical Cards ,Water Charges ,the repayment to Anglo Bondholders etc etc would definitely entitle Kenny to be entered into Liar of the Decade competition !

  6. Donal Kennedy November 2, 2015 at 11:38 am #

    Garret FitzGerald sat for years in the Seanad as a Fine Gael member. When he decided to
    stand for the Dail he thought he should actually join the party and asked John A Costello
    how he should go about it.

    “Forty years in politics, twice Taoiseach,” responded the Elder Statesman, “never joined the

    Now wouldn’t it be “very Irish” if it could be proven that Gerry Adams never joined Sinn Fein?

  7. Rory Donaghy November 2, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    You actually could have one of three reasons, the third being that those in the IRA swore an oath of secrecy. So what type of leader do you actually want? One who blab all for political expediency, or one true to his word, over to you Enda!

  8. Mark November 2, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    Simple, raise a written question, then raise it again, and again, and, then again, a bit like Paul Murphy with Uisce na hEireann.
    You’ll get the answer, eventually.

  9. Ryan November 2, 2015 at 5:34 pm #

    What people, particularly Unionists, like to forget is that Gerry Adams was acquitted in a British court of IRA membership. The same people also like to forget that Mairia Cahill’s alleged abuser was also acquitted in a court of Law. But hey, who cares about facts?…

  10. Perkin Warbeck November 3, 2015 at 5:34 am #

    The ATMs of Lower Baggot Street, Esteemed Blogmeister would, on balance sheet, appear to be the ones the Pretty Boy Lloyd of Leinster House had uppermost in mind when he was less than, erm, economical with the untruth.

    About the spectre of na hOglaigh with Heckler and Koch semi-automatic pistol in one hand and H and K automatic assault rifle in, say, the other, taking up defensive positions to guard the ready reckoners of the ATMs.

    Being the street where both the favoured watering hole of the FG brainwashers (Doheny and West Brits) and the HQ of Bank of Ireland are located in close proximity to Leinster House.

    End-game Enda spells it out

    ATM stands of course for Acting the Maggot
    Not least in that elite beastly street of Baggot
    B.O.I. Banker guys ain’t
    Got Portnoy’s Complaint
    While fired-up FG E spells only one g in fagot.